Josie’s escape from Alcatraz

Honorary Mermaid Josie Arden recently swam one of Team Mermaids bucket list swims the short but brutal crossing from Alcatraz prison to San Francisco bay.  She spoke to Katie about her experience. Katie: What inspired you to swim Alcatraz?  Josie: I think there was quite a large amount of ‘I don’t know if I can... Continue Reading →

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Bucket List Swims

We often ramble on to each other and others about the "wouldn't that be cool" swims.  Often it then results in us signing up for something that we probably shouldn't have but these are the adventures that have yet to happen due to various factors.  So what are our bucket list swims, races, holidays and... Continue Reading →

Swimathon 2018 – The baby diaries

I (Katie) have participated in the swimathon many times over the years and each one has their own story and associated memories. Highlights include doing the event in 2014 the day after my hen night when we met swimming legend Duncan Goodhew. Another great memory is last year when we swam the event three times... Continue Reading →

SLSC 110 Lengths Challenge 2017

The 110 lengths challenge held this year on 30 September 2017 is the closing party for the summer swimming season, celebrating a great summer at the lido and another year in the lido’s history.   Tooting Bec lido opened in 1906 and in previous years the challenge has been to swim one length for every year... Continue Reading →

Traversee du lac d’Annecy 2017

I blame Josie Arden for the fact that Brian and I ended up in France at a 5k race without being able to understand a word of the briefing! She originally mentioned this race to me and it ticked all the boxes.  Decent distance – Yes! Lake swimming – Yes!  Sunshine – Yes! Crepes and... Continue Reading →

Henley Club to Pub 2017

Henley club to pub is the annual swim that takes you upstream from Henley rowing club before turning downstream past Marsh lock back to the Angel on the Bridge pub in Henley. We previously did this event in 2014 but haven't made it back since. In 2017 I returned to the race without Katie but I did... Continue Reading →

SLSC Mile race 2017

The Mermaid cup, the SLSC’s women’s open mile cup, has been something of note in the Mermaid camp for a while, but alas we have never been able to win it because of Nancy Shaw.   Nancy is this formidable SLSC swimmer, who reigned victorious over most of the women’s open cups for several years, including... Continue Reading →

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